15 projects selected for the Atelier
by Fabien Lemercier
- Laura Luchetti, João Viana, Morgan Simon, Ionut Piturescu, György Kristóf, Meritxell Colell, Alberto Morais and Kutluğ Ataman are representing Europe
A total of 15 feature-film projects hailing from 14 countries have been selected for the 11th edition of the Cinéfondation Atelier, which is set to unspool as part of the 68th Cannes Film Festival (13-24 May 2015). This year, Europe is particularly well represented, with such titles as Twin Flower by Italy’s Laura Luchetti, Our Madness by Portuguese director João Viana (supported by the ACP-EU, ACPCultures+ Programme), Compte tes blessures [+see also:
film profile] by French filmmaker Morgan Simon (staged by Kazak Productions and already supported by the CNC’s advance on receipts – read the news), Borders by Romanian director Ionut Piturescu, Out by Hungary’s György Kristóf (co-produced by Slovakia) and two Spanish projects: Lands of Loneliness by Meritxell Colell and The Mother by Alberto Morais.
Also of note is the Greek-Iranian project Pari by Siamak Etemadi and Hilal, Feza, and other Planets by Turkish filmmaker Kutluğ Ataman.
The other lucky ones to be selected for the 2015 Atelier are Butterfly Diaries by Paula Un Mi Kim (Brazil), The Road to Mandalay [+see also:
interview: Midi Z
film profile] by Midi Z (Burma), Popeye by Kirsten Tan (Singapore), Soundless Dance by Pradeepan Raveendran (Sri Lanka), The Tree by Louw Venter (South Africa) and The Contestant by Carlos Osuna (Colombia).
Established in 2005 with the aim of encouraging creative cinema and fostering the emergence of a new generation of filmmakers by helping them to round off the funding of their films, the Atelier has been of benefit for the past ten years to 156 projects, of which 103 have already been released in theatres and 40 are currently in pre-production. It will enable the films and directors selected for 2015 to be present on the Croisette with their producers from 15-21 May and to meet professionals interested in their projects during individual sessions. The Project Book and sign-up sheets will be available at the beginning of April on the Cinéfondation website.
(Translated from French)